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Mississippi River Commission in Vicksburg August 21

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This story has been updated to include potential questions and registration requirements to speak at the meeting.

The Mississippi River Commission, headquartered in Vicksburg, announced that it will hold four public meetings in August on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flagship towboat, the motor vehicle Mississippi.

Commission members will meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. All meetings are open to the public. Interested parties are invited to present their views on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the valley, including flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, and other water resources challenges.

All meetings will start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 12:30 p.m. The scheduled stops on the Mississippi River are:

August 19—Caruthersville, Mo., city front

August 20—Helena, Ark., Helena Harbor boat ramp;

August 21—Vicksburg, city front; and

August 23—Baton Rouge, La., city dock.

For more information, call 601-634-5768.

Each speaker must register to speak at the meetings, and you can download the registration form from this link. Speakers will be limited to five minutes. Other speaker requirements:

• To register to speak, email the registration form to cemvd-ex@usace.army.mil, prior to the public meeting.
• Fill out a separate registration form for each person who will give testimony at the public meeting.
• Arrive 30 minutes prior to the meeting. Name tags will be prepared based on information provided.
• Copies of the registration form are acceptable.

If you plan to attend regarding the Yazoo Pumps project, a concerned Vicksburg Daily News reader suggests that you press for answers to these questions:

  1. What are you doing right now to finish the pumps?
  2. What percentage of USACE’s total budget it spent on research and development to develop innovative ways to help with flood control?

The MRC, established in 1879 by an act of Congress, provides water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the administration, Congress and the U.S. Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the United States and parts of two Canadian provinces by overseeing the planning and reporting on the improvements on the Mississippi River. The intent behind the mission of the MRC today is the same as the mission placed on the commission upon its creation—to lead sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and the people’s well-being.

In its current capacity, the Mississippi River Commission is charged with prosecuting the comprehensive river management program known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries project.

Updated to include speaking information.

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2019 Mississippi State Fair to include an ice-skating rink

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Tired of the same old attractions at the Mississippi State Fair? This year’s fair will feature something completely different: a place to practice your moves on the ice.

Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced Aug. 9 that the 2019 fair will include an indoor ice-skating rink.

The rink will be constructed inside the Mississippi Coliseum, and admission will be $10 per person.

“This is a great opportunity for families and their children and grandchildren to cool off for a bit in between the many rides and attractions found along the Midway,” Gipson said in a statement.

Magic Ice USA, based in Miami, Fla., will construct, manage and operate the rink. The finished attraction will feature 8,000 square feet of real ice, not a synthetic substitute, and more than 15,000 square feet of common areas, including seating, concessions and stations for changing skates. Magic Ice USA is providing 500 pairs of skates, presumably to rent.

The Mississippi State Fair is open from Oct. 2 through Oct. 14 in Jackson, with a gate admission price of $5 per person. Children under the age of 6 get in free. For more information, visit the Mississippi State Fair website.

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Vicksburg Warren district offers help for displaced students to get to school

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Photo from the Vicksburg Warren school district website.

Students in the Vicksburg Warren school district who have been displaced due to this year’s flood can still get transportation to the same school they attended last year, if needed.

Contact the school principal  for information. For the number to call, find the school on this page.

 

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